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Amy Douglas

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£2,148raised of £2,500 target by 83 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,500 to transfer an archive of reel-to-reel tapes of Scottish Traveller, Duncan Williamson, before they degrade and are lost

Bishops Castle, UK

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I have 150-200 hours of reel-to-reel recordings of Duncan Williamson. Duncan was a Scottish Traveller, storyteller and singer with an immense wealth of traditional stories, ballads and riddles. He was my mentor and a huge inspiration to storytellers throughout the world.

The tapes were recorded during the 1970s and 80s by Duncan's wife, Linda, as they worked on publishing collections of his stories (most are published by Canongate - have a google). Duncan's books are wonderful, but hearing the story brings a whole new dimension to the experience. There is other material included that has not been published in any format - ballads, jokes, riddles, stories and snippets, discussions on the nature of story with visiting storytellers, writers and musicians... and I suspect much more, though until they are digitised I have no way of discovering exactly what the tapes contain.

The tapes are currently in climate controlled storage, but their quality is deteriorating. They need to be digitised as soon as possible to retain this important resource.

I am applying for an Arts Council Bid to digitise, edit, catalogue and listen to the tapes. The bid will give me the opportunity to work with the material and explore different ways of sharing Duncan's legacy - learning and telling the stories alongside memories of Duncan himself; singing the ballads; creating an online database - we'll see how it develops!

For the application I need to prove matched funding. Some of that will be from me - materials and time. But the more people donate here will help raise money and also demonstrate that people are interested in saving Duncan's legacy, hearing where working with those stories takes me and being part of a conversation about how and where traditional stories fit into our modern world

I'd like to ask people to donate £15 - the cost of a CD. When I have enough tape transferred, cleaned up and edited my aim is to send you a code to download the equivalent of an album of Duncan's material.

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  • Amy Douglas2 months ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    2 months ago

    Fantastic news!!! I have been awarded an Arts Council England bid to give me time to work with Duncan's tapes, as well as a computer that can handle all the audio files and software and lots of social media and podcast training, so you should see and hear a lot more of me and Duncan online. Thank you again for your support and encouragement. The money raised here is enough to digitise the tapes and has also provided the matched funding to gain the ACE bid. Hurrah!

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  • Amy Douglas4 months ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    4 months ago

    At last! I've submitted my Arts Council bid for the second time, with the amendments they requested - we'll hear in 6 weeks. Whatever happens, I have enough money to digitise the tapes - hurrah! So in August, the tapes are off to be digitised by Digital Copycat. If I get the bid, there will be a Duncan download for all you lovely crowdfunders in December, if not, it may take a bit's a slow business, but I promise the wheels are turning! Thank you again for all your support - please keep your fingers crossed! Amyx

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  • Amy Douglas10 months ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    10 months ago

    Thank you for all your lovely comments - I only get one message to you through this site and I am saving it to post the information to download some of Duncan's material when it's ready... so if you want to ask me any questions or chat about Duncan, search for Amy Douglas Storyteller on FB or email me through my website. Sean Taylor - I've had the recordings for more than two years and got them from Duncan rather than Linda - they are all reel-to-reel - so I won't have the ones you left with Linda... though now I am intrigued!

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Page last updated on: 8/27/2019 10.49



  • Sharon Carr

    Sharon Carr

    Aug 27, 2019

    A belated donation, Amy. Here's to your work! x


  • Catherine FitzGerald

    Catherine FitzGerald

    Jun 10, 2019

    Good for you. Can't wait. Noa and I have been reading Duncan's books. So sad none of them could meet him - I only got to once. But I have a photo of him as a bookmark as we read.


  • David Phelps

    David Phelps

    Jun 7, 2019


  • Mette Jorgensen

    Mette Jorgensen

    Jun 6, 2019

    What a wonderful and important project.


  • Anonymous


    Jun 6, 2019

    Keep at it wonderwoman! X S

  • Peter Parker

    Peter Parker

    Jun 6, 2019

    Good luck


  • Alice


    Jun 2, 2019

    This is a great project, well done. I have also been digitising various story tapes I grew up listening too, have a couple of Duncan's I think, might the mp3's of these be useful to you?


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Amy Douglas

Amy Douglas

Bishops Castle, UK

I love stories and I am a professional storyteller. Apprenticed to the late Scottish Traveller, Duncan Williamson, I hold in trust many of his stories and ballads, alongside some terrible jokes which by ancient tradition can only be shared after ceremonial intake of much whisky!

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